January 2017

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Boundaries for Part-Time Ministry

9 steps to set healthy limits
Boundaries for Part-Time Ministry

When I meet or have the opportunity to coach people with part-time jobs in ministry, I often ask how many hours they work each week and how many they’re paid for. Almost everyone responds with a chuckle. Many have given up on trying to do the job in the hours they were hired for. The whole idea is almost a joke.

But what’s not funny is the effect this discrepancy ...

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Clues for Your Calling

Understanding your spiritual gifts can help you determine the work to which God has called you.
Clues for Your Calling

The New Testament teaches us that God in his grace and power has poured out gifts and roles among his people. In Romans 12, Paul encourages the church community to release and use their gifts: “If it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully” (Romans ...

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Introducing WomenLeaders.com!

We're cheering you on as you live your calling.
Introducing WomenLeaders.com!

You know what excites me? Women leaders. Since joining this publication a year and a half ago, I’ve been emboldened in my calling, encouraged on the hard days, and empowered with sound advice as I’ve heard from readers like you, women in ministry.

This week in church, my pastor read from Exodus 17 and asked a volunteer to come on stage to portray Moses in the passage. ...

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How to Be the Elephant in the Room

Is it possible to be yourself, or should you become “one of the guys”?
How to Be the Elephant in the Room

Esther is my hero. Thankfully, I’m rarely called to put my life on the line by entering a king’s presence uninvited. I do, however, often look to Esther for courage when I am called to step into rooms where I don’t feel comfortable.

Last week I received an invitation to a breakfast meeting for local lead pastors. I glanced over the recipients of the email ...

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The Most Important Thing to Do When You Start with a New Team

Don’t skip this critical first step.
The Most Important Thing to Do When You Start with a New Team

Stepping into a new leadership role can bring a rush of excitement. When God provides an opportunity, my natural inclination is to jump in full force. In my eagerness to get started, however, I may overlook the critical first step—developing an atmosphere of trust within the group.

Have you ever been appointed to a leadership position, only to be met with opposition? ...

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The Power of Women Helping Each Other

Follow the example of Harriet Tubman.
The Power of Women Helping Each Other

My mother was the chair of the Black History Month Committee, which meant I was enlisted in the school's program. One year, we had a wonderful play which highlighted major figures in African-American history. I put a scarf on my head and a long skirt, a blouse, and an old sweater and became Harriet Tubman. I transitioned back in time to become a powerful, fearless slavery ...

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You Are Needed

The church—the entire body of Christ—needs women leaders.
You Are Needed

I remember our conversation like it was yesterday.

“Have you ever thought about being a pastor when you grow up?” Pastor Mylinda leaned over and asked, pointing to the people and the building around us. “I could see you doing what I do.”

I looked at her and gawked. Me? I wanted her to see something bigger, shinier, and perhaps a bit higher-paying for ...

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